We're In Love With Van Cleef & Arpels' Beautiful New Alhambra Jewels And You Will Be Too

BY Ayesha Sohail Shehmir Shaikh / Sep 8 2019 / 11:18 AM

Each piece reflects the Maison’s timeless beauty and impeccable craftsmanship

We're In Love With Van Cleef & Arpels' Beautiful New Alhambra Jewels And You Will Be Too
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Guilloché gold motifs

In 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels established the signature Alhambra motif, a steadfast emblem of the Maison symbolising harmony and luck. The very first jewel to incorporate the symbol was the Alhambra long necklace, mirroring the shape of a four-leaf clover.

In 2018, the Maison incorporated the guilloché technique within the collection, an intricate ornamentation comprising repetitive detailed patterns engraved onto the jewellery pieces.

Vintage Alhambra 5-motif bracelet guilloché yellow gold, diamonds and Vintage Alhambra 20-motif long necklace guilloché yellow gold, diamonds

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Marrying the iconic motif with the engraving technique, the jewellery house has just launched an original Vintage Alhambra pendant, 5-motif bracelet, 20-motif long necklace and two elegant timepieces, a loving nod to the traditional aesthetic.

Inspired by the sleek lines produced by the guilloché technique, the ethereal new pieces feature gleaming diamond-paved motifs that are adorned with a beautiful rounded beaded contour and etched into yellow gold.

Sweet Alhambra watch guilloché yellow gold, interchangeable alligator strap, quartz movement

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Entitled Sweet Alhambra Watch, two new timepieces also grace the collection, recalling dials from the year 1910. The first features an interchangeable alligator-skin bracelet for a strap, while the second features alternating motifs and is designed with gold, diamonds and gold mother-of-pearl – an organic material famed for its warm tones, produced inside Australian seashells.

The timeless new pieces have intertwined femininity and elegance with a traditional aesthetic to serve as tokens of luck, tracing the Maison's footsteps all the way back to when it all started.

The Alhambra Collection is available at vancleefarpels.com